The Silent Voice (play)

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Jules Eckert Goodman, c. 1916

The Silent Voice is a four-act play by Jules Eckert Goodman adapted from the short story The Man Who Played God by Gouverneur Morris. The play was produced by Charles Frohman and made its Broadway debut at the Liberty Theatre on December 29, 1914. The Silent Voice closed on March 19, 1915, after a run of 71 performances and was later taken on tour. Morris’ story also served as the basis for four motion pictures produced between 1915 and 1955.[1][2][3]

Original Broadway cast[edit]

  • Wade Boteler … Williamson
  • Esther Cornell … Young Girl
  • Winona Dennison … Old Woman
  • Ruth Farnum … Jennie
  • Florence Fisher … Marjorie Blair
  • George Gaul … Bobby De Lorme
  • Philip Leigh … Billy
  • Owen Meech … Spring
  • Walter F. Scott … Old Man
  • Otis Skinner … Montgomery Starr
  • Mrs. Otis Skinner (Maud Durbin) … Mildred Hallam
  • Harry Sothern … Young Man
  • William Willson … Policeman
  • Eugenie Woodward … Heloise De Lorme

Source [3]


The Silent Voice tells the story of Montgomery Starr, an amateur musician of means, who becomes embittered after the loss of his hearing and the discovery that his young wife married him out of a sense of duty and that her true love was his nephew Bobby. Felling dejected, Starr retreats to the roof of his mansion where, with the aid of binoculars, he spends his time watching people in a nearby park. An accomplished lip reader, Starr soon realizes others were as unhappy as he, and that he had the means to help some of those in want. To this end, Starr employs his valet to deliver the necessary aid. Eventually Starr's disposition improves and by the end of the play reconciles with his wife after his binoculars enabled him to observe her reject Bobby’s request to elope.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Silent Voice - Internet Broadway Database] Retrieved September 9, 2013
  2. ^ Otis Skinner in The Silent Voice. The New York Times, December 30, 1914, p. 11
  3. ^ a b c The Silent Voice, The Theatre, vol. 21, 1915, p. 59 Retrieved September 9, 2013

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